October 17th, 2012 § § permalink
I’ve been really swooning over a certain sequin camera strap that’s taunted me on Pinterest for the last month. After little deliberation and a week or two of procrastination, I’ve finally busted out a DIY version for me, I mean, for you. Just in case knowing this project costs less than a fraction of the real deal doesn’t convince you, it’s also super comfortable, durable, and simple.
First, measure and mark where you want the sequin trim to be placed. I centered mine all the way around. Next, place a thin line of tacky glue down the middle and let it set for a few seconds, then place your sequins on top. Tuck each end of your sequin strip under with a bit of glue so that it doesn’t fray over time. Set something of weight over it so that everything dries flat.
Once everything is dry, measure and mark where you want to place your D-rings. My D-ring was just a bit too wide, so I cute triangles on each side of my leather strap so that it wouldn’t bulge, and then Tacky glued everything in place. Again, let it dry with a weight on top.
To make sure the rings are completely secure (we don’t want any camera fatalities, you know), we’ll insert rivets. Using a rotary punch, cut a small hole through the strap and insert two small rivets on both sides. If you’re new to using rivets, they’re much simpler than they look! This is a great how-to video
Lastly, twist your swivel hooks onto the D-rings just like you would a keychain, and you’re finished!
December 30th, 2011 § § permalink
I was instantly in love with this rustic DIY side table. It’s super cute and cheap, how could you go wrong? Unless you’re not really skilled with saws, then it could go really wrong. Also, you should check out Karen’s DIY personal fire pit. Don’t let the title throw you off, its all around amazing.
October 26th, 2011 § § permalink
Since I work in the restaurant business (just through school, thank the Lord) I have to wear my hair up basically 85% percent of the week. Alas, I’ve gotten pretty crafty at finding ways to avoid getting incredibly bored with it, and this is one of my favorites. Literally every time I wear my hair this way someone asks how I do it, so I thought I’d share a tutorial with you on how easy this really is! (despite my better judgement telling me to keep letting people think I actually put effort into this).
1. Braid hair into one strand.
2. Begin twisting hair around the base of the braid.
(kind of like cinnamon bun, which I could go for right about now)
3. Tuck the end of the braid under and bobby pin into place.
October 11th, 2011 § § permalink
Call me button crazy, but I’m a firm believer that buttons can make just about anything much cuter. That being said, today I’m working on recovering some in fun prints to spice up an old bench that I bought at a thrift store the other day. Cross your fingers that it will be done sooner than later and hopefully I can share it with you tomorrow. For now, here are a few things from my button extravaganza (and quite possibly the easiest extravaganza ever). You can use the supply list and tutorial that I found here, on Momtastic.
P.s.- I am indeed not a mom, but I just so happen to really enjoy their DIY tips so I recommend it :]
October 1st, 2011 § § permalink
Loving these: Smashbox Bionic Mascara, Essie 'Hi Maintenance', Orly 'Rage'
I sincerely try my very best to steer clear of the bandwagon, but sometimes I swear I can hear it calling my name. This time, it wasn’t just calling my name, it was parked outside my house AND selling discounted tickets, so I jumped on. Alas, here I am to show you my
original glitter-tastic nails. What can I say? I’m a sucker for anything that glimmers…
It may not be fashion week quality, but not bad for a first try ;] I also love the way dark colors look with the gold, but I can only get away with light colors at work. Here’s my method:
1. Paint two thin layers of your base color.
2. Put a dot of shimmer color on the tips, and smudge.
3. Paint a thin line of shimmer across tips.
FYI: You know how they say that glitter is the Herpes of crafts, because once you get it somewhere, it never goes away? It’s the same way with glitter nail polish..